Fashion-industry wisdom holds that what we see on the runways this year will be on the needles in a couple of years, and what’s on retail hangers this year will be on our needles even sooner. I took a pictorial tour of the fashion site Polyvore to get a sampling of this year’s retail trends.

  • As with handknitting, gradients are huge! Since we dye gradients, that’s fun to see. Some appear to be different skeins, some appear dip-dyed on the garment, and some fade softly like our cakes do.
  • Handkerchief, shark bite, shirttail, asymmetrical and mermaid tail hems are all definitely in vogue.I find these styles flattering to a lot of figures, so that’s nice to see.
  • Shawls, capes, ponchos and fringe are making a comeback. I wonder if we’ll see a return to the poncho handknititng craze of the mid-2000s?
  • Chunky yarns are huge right now (get it?) on the runways and in stores. I saw a lot of chunky combined with a cropped style to offset the yarn’s thickness. Chunky hats, cowls and scarves seem to be popular with handknitters this winter…
  • Both traditional-looking colorwork and cheeky takeoffs on the traditional seem to be making a splash. Good to know that our heirloom yoke sweaters won’t be going out of style!

It’s fun to see what stores are making with sweaters…what will we do?

Happy knitting,









January 29, 2016 by Knitcircus

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